Coastal Scene

Coastal Scene, 1889
William Raymond Dommersen (1850-1927)
Oil on panel
BORGM 1995.42.1
Image © Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

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Coastal Scene

This view of a ‘Coastal Scene’ is typical of Dommersen’s technique of applying a bright luminous pallet to his subjects. In this sunny view, beneath a clear blue sky, a beached fishing boat and figures can be seen in the left foreground. Beyond them, on a promontory along the coast, is a wooden house by the water’s edge with a moored fishing boat nearby. These motifs are clearly reflected in the still waters of the bay. This idealised view is probably derived from a location on the Dutch coast.


William Dommersen was one of a family of artists. His father was the painter Pieter Cornelis Dommersen who had moved from the Netherlands to London in 1855. Dommersen’s artwork consists almost exclusively of landscapes and marine scenes, the compositions of which, with low, flat horizons punctuated by buildings of an unmistakably Dutch appearance, gesture towards the strong influence of earlier Dutch landscape artists such as Jacob van Ruisdael (1628-1682) and Jan van Goyen (1596-1656).


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